May 10, 2015 at 7:57AM
Why I Hate Crowdfunding.
I rant about this to my friends who are not into film because when I talk about putting together the money for a shoot they always say "crowd fund it" like that is the only way to fund a film nowadays. I truly believe that this way of thinking makes people lazy and a lot of projects never happen because people don't want to use their own money or tailor their project to their budgets.
I recently DP'd a trailer for a comedy. The producer's plan is to shoot the feature in July. But shooting the feature is contingent on raising ten thousand dollars on the films Gofundme page. I don't come from a rich family, but as an adult I don't think that ten thousand dollars is a lot of money to save yourself. It may take a while but it can be done. Rome wasn't built in a day and Stephens Kings Dark Tower series still isn't even in preproduction last time I checked. Things take time, especially great things. The film itself says nothing. It will not change anything in the world. It will not cause people to think more. Not that every film has to do that. But I just don't agree with crowdfunding every project. This is just my opinion. I feel that there are so many people in the way of actual good projects because of crowdfunding websites. I feel that a lot of these people would never even try to make movies if crowdfunding did not exist. They would have to crowd fund the old school way, by working, saving their own money and asking friends, family and investors to borrow money.
The flip side of my argument is that there are parents somewhere with very sick children who can't afford treatments they need so they try to raise money from strangers so that their children can live. I'm pretty sure they're thinking that there are so many bullshit film projects and other vanity projects on the websites that cause their cause to be buried and less likely to be seen.
I'm sick of everyone in this country asking for handouts. Big corporations down to welfare recipients and now crowdfundees. It's a free country and people can do what ever the hell they want with their money but I don't have to agree with it. Rant finished.